5 Tips For Cost Budgeting Your Next Construction Project

Date: January 5, 2023

What is cost budgeting?

Cost budgeting is the process of estimating the overall cost of finishing a project. This entails making estimates, figuring out actual costs, and managing a set budget. In a nutshell, it’s basically project budget management.

Project managers or staff members tasked with cost control typically use spreadsheets or construction budgeting software to create cost budgets, listing the various components of a project and entering their costs. 

Creating a specific cost budget for your project requires taking into account direct and indirect cost estimates as well as project timelines. 

Construction budgeting can be difficult as there are so many variables and potential changes during the life of any given project. 

Setting up a cost budget can aid in achieving organisational objectives, reducing project costs overall, and ensuring best practice standards on your subsequent projects.


#1 Review your cost budget on a regular basis.

In order to decide whether project spending is appropriate or whether it's time to implement corrective measures, it's critical to review your budget frequently, at least once per week. 

By doing this, you can stop overspending by recognising it when it happens.


#2 Share cost budget information with each team member.

If you talk to your team members often, you can learn how they’re allocating their time or what resources they require. Speaking with other department managers or vendors while working on a big project might help you come up with fresh corrective actions.


#3 Manage the project's scope.

If your coworkers are unaware of the scope of the project or the cost of the contract, you might find that your project is going over labour budgets. 

Regularly communicating the scope of the original contract or agreement can stop your team from providing free labour to the client (unpaid favours), overspending on labour, and delaying the project's schedule.


#4 Keep track of individual parts.

Tracking the cost budget and spending for individual parts of larger projects will help you to better understand where overspending occurs. This could entail keeping tabs on contractor spending, monitoring labour across various departments, project expenses, or keeping track of labour and material costs separately.


#5 If necessary, update the cost budget.

Review the initial estimation and budget process if your corrective measures don't fully bring the project's costs within the estimated costs. Work with the client to revise the budget if there were any inconsistencies or overlooked costs during that process. Then, use the updated budget to improve your projections for future projects.


One last tip...


Maintain a record of recent cost budgets.

Keep track of your cost budget information after finishing your current project, as it can provide critical support for future projects. 

Remember to save cost budget information securely. The last thing you need is for important information like this to go missing.


Mark Spender: Chartered Surveyor


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